Raeford Eugene Mullis, 96, of Charlotte, died peacefully on September 19, 2014, surrounded by family at Presbyterian Hospital.
He was born on May 25, 1918 in Union County to Green Raymond Mullis and Ida Austin Mullis. His cherished wife of 65 years, Eupha Maye Price Mullis, preceded him in death.
He was also predeceased by his parents; brothers Archie, Bruce and Homer; sisters Pauline Mullis Medlin, Lucile Mullis Peterson and Marjorie Mullis Price; and a son-in-law, Stephen March.
He is survived by his three daughters, Emily Mullis Wilkins and husband Dan of Caswell Beach, Mary Mullis March of Elizabeth City and Virginia Rae “Ginny” Mullis of Charlotte; and two grandsons, Julian Austin March of Wilmington and Leland Daniel March of Elizabeth City. Also surviving are a sister, Mary Mullis Smalhout of Bethesda, MD; sisters-in-law Chattie Price Byrd and Betty Price; and beloved Mullis and Price nieces and nephews.
Mr. Mullis was an Army veteran of World War II; he was a medic in the Pacific Theater in the 148th General Hospital. He is a graduate of Unionville High School and attended N.C. State University before serving in the Army. He retired as a property tax appraiser for Mecklenburg County. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Charlotte. He was a kind, loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He had an unfailing strength and lived life with faith, optimism and laughter. We will miss hearing him recount stories of his early years on the farm, the war, his family and witnessing nearly a century of change.
The family is grateful to Pastor Michael Cummings and Mrs. Shirley Brown of First Baptist Church for their years of Christian love and support. We also thank Dr. Kevin Sharkey and Dr. Lance Diehl and the staff of the Novant Heart Failure Clinic for their excellent care.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Adult Growth Ministry, c/o of Pastor Michael Cummings, 301 S. Davidson St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202.A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, September 21, 2014 at McEwen Funeral Service, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212. Interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. tte, NC.